Column: Organizing your life puzzle

By Brandon Ramsey

Ever feel like you are just wandering through life without a purpose?  Sometimes you even have a hard time making a decision on what is the right or wrong thing to do?  In business you hear words like “mission” and “vision” thrown around all the time.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a vision for your life?  It seems like all the good ideas are used up on the business world.  Here is another good one for you, “re-org.”  Don’t you wish you could have a re-organization meeting for your life?  The greatest news you will hear all week is, “You can!” 

The most comforting thing that I rely on in my own life is that my God has a vision for my life.  The problem is that in our lives that vision gets out of focus.  That does not mean that the vision is not there.  It’s just hard for you to see at the time.  Let me explain.  I know that all of you have gotten soap or shampoo in your eyes while taking a bath.  I don’t know about you, but that hurts a lot and makes it really hard for me to see.  It doesn’t mean that the shower is not there or that you are not still in the tub.  Another example is when your cry.  Your vision is skewed because of the tears, but that doesn’t mean that the world is dissolving.  These are the times that we need to rely on the fact that there is a vision for our lives.

When your vision is blurred because of the situations in your life, this focus on the vision helps you decide what action to take.  A clear vision of what your future should look like will help you make all the decisions that you need to make in your life.  These decisions range from what job should I take to how I should parent my children to how I should interact with that person of the opposite sex. 

Think of your vision for the future like the top to a puzzle box.  My son loves to put puzzles together, but the simplest kindergarten puzzle can be difficult to put together without that box top, with a picture of the end result.  Having that top keeps you focused on the organization of the puzzle and will even tell you if some pieces have been put in there by mistake.  Our nature tends to lead us to bring those other puzzle pieces into our lives, that don’t fit into our puzzle.  Keeping that box top close to your heart makes it easier for you to say, “That piece (decision) does not fit into my puzzle.”